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What Does It Mean to Be Single?

Although certain sects within Judaism encouraged remaining unmarried in order  to foster devotion to God, it was certainly not typical behavior in the culture into which Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. Yet He was not the only one who, for whatever reason, was unmarried and yet lived a fulfilled and productive life. The single life is a  special life that offers special opportunities and has special meaning for those who choose it—or for those who choose to accept th eir unmarried state with contentment. As the apostle Paul said about his singleness,

“I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.”

1  Corinthians 7:7

Being Single

  • The word single means “consisting of a separate, unique whole” (an individual).
  • Single suggests being exclusively attentive (an undivided heart).
  • The word single comes from the Latin word singulus, which means “one only.” 

“Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’”

Hebrews 13:5 

The single life is a special life that offers special opportunities and has special meaning for those who choose it—or for those who choose to accept their unmarried state with contentment. 

  • Single means “a separate unique whole” 
    • Single suggests being exclusively attentive: “Single-minded” as having one aim or purpose 
    • “Single-hearted” as having sincerity of heart and purpose, honest and straight-forward 
    • “Single handed” as having performed a task alone or unassisted 
  • Singleness is the state of any man or woman of marriageable age who is not married. 
  • Singleness is a term that includes three categories of single adults, each with unique areas of concern, but all with similar challenges. 
    • Single for all seasons: Adults who never marry 
  • Single for a season: Adults who will marry sometime in the future
  • Single again: 
    • The widowed whose mates have died
    • The divorced whose marriage contracts are terminated 

Although single people are unmarried for various reasons, how they respond to their single state is all important. Some singles choose to remain single and give their lives to serving the Lord, while other singles choose to remarry—with God’s blessing. The apostle Paul makes this statement...

“To the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.”

(1 Corinthians 7:8)

3 Struggles Discontented Singles Share

  1. The Struggle with Sexuality

“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God— this is your true and proper worship”  (Romans 12:1)

2. The Bondage of Bitterness 

“The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” (Psalm 84:11). 

3. The Fight with Fear

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”  (Isaiah 41:10).


What Does Healthy Singleness Mean? 

  • Living by yourself with contentment 
  • Learning not to need a mate to make your life meaningful or complete 
  • Looking to God to satisfy the deepest needs and longings of your heart 
  • Recognizing that being married is not better, merely different 
  • Respecting who you are and why you are 
  • Realizing there will be something special “around the corner” that will benefit your life 
  • Embracing your singleness as a gift from God and as His purpose for you 
  • Pursuing God rather than a marriage partner 
  • Feeling good about being free to make choices as God presents opportunities 
  • Focusing on becoming the right kind of person rather than looking for the right person 
  • Finding your fullness of joy in developing a more intimate relationship with God, family, and friends 


Choose to Be Content 

  • Confess the difficulty. 

“Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). 

  • Overcome the “greener grass” mentality. 

“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). 

  • Nourish a heart of gratefulness. 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). 

  • Treasure your identity in Christ. 

“The Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared” (Proverbs 3:26). 

  • Expect God to give you a ministry. 

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:4–8).

  • Nurture a family of friends. 

“A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17). 

  • Trust your future to God. 

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). 




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Key Verse to Learn 

“You are complete in Him [Christ].” 

(Colossians 2:10 NKJV) 


Key Passage to Read 

1 Corinthians chapter 7 






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